FCAW Board Member
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Cochlan Group, inc.
Steve founded The Cochlan Group, inc. (and its wholly-owned subsidiary Bank Consulting Group, inc.) in 1998 and serves as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Steve is regarded as a pioneer in the design, implementation, and financing of nonqualified executive benefit plans. He has served the COLI, BOLI and executive benefit plan needs of all size organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, small to mid-size corporations, banks, hospitals and not-for-profit organizations since 1983.
Steve began his professional career as a certified public accountant with Price Waterhouse. Having a mindset that consistently seeks new challenges, he joined Clark/Bardes, Inc. (subsequently Clark Consulting), where he quickly emerged as one of its top producers and a driving force in the development of innovative approaches to use COLI and BOLI to recruit, retain and reward key employees, Directors and other highly compensated employees. Steve’s reputation for innovation and his consistent focus on the welfare of his clients has led to a strong following within the business community.
Steve earned his B.S.B.A. Degree in Accounting at Bowling Green State University and is currently a member of the Bowling Green President’s Club. He is a lifetime member of the International Forum and the Top of the Table. He is also a member of the National Association of Life Underwriters, the Chicago Association of Life Underwriters and the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting.
Steve serves on the Boards of Cornerstone University, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Wrestling), and Andesa Services. He is also a significant contributor to a number of not-for-profit organizations and ministries. Steve and his wife, Susan, are the “proud” parents of three precious children ‒ Cullen, Stephanie and Cassidy.